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1 chart shows how quickly a booster shot can improve immunity, with some extra protection in just a few days

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, receives her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Booster shots are being offered to all US adults. Studies suggest boosts can improve protection against symptomatic COVID-19, at least temporarily, with benefits beginning to accrue after a few days. It's unknown how durable booster shot protection will be, but scientists are hopeful. Two shots are good, but when it comes to preventing symp...
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Infectious particles can spread beyond 2 meters when someone with COVID-19 coughs without a mask, study suggests

How far and quickly smaller droplets travel when a person coughs varies, according to the study.Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images People with COVID-19 may spew infectious particles that can spread beyond two meters. Cambridge University scientists used computer simulations to test scenarios of a person coughing. The study's authors urged people to keep wearing masks in indoor spaces such as offices and shops. When a person with COVID-19 coughs without a mask, they could spew...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, Trends, Mit, Healthcare, Cambridge, University of Bristol, Mask, Cambridge University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Cough, Patrick Pleul, Coronavirus, COVID


Infectious particles can spread beyond 6 feet when someone with COVID-19 coughs without a mask, study suggests

How far and quickly smaller droplets travel when a person coughs varies, according to the study.Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images People with COVID-19 may spew infectious particles that can spread beyond 6 feet, a study suggests. Cambridge University scientists used computer simulations to test scenarios of a person coughing. The study's authors urged people to keep wearing masks in indoor spaces such as offices and shops. When a person with COVID-19 coughs without a mask, t...
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Infectious COVID-19 particles can spread beyond 2 meters when a person coughs, study suggests

How far and quickly smaller droplets travel when a person coughs varies, according to the study.Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images People with COVID-19 may spew infectious particles that can spread beyond two meters. Cambridge University scientists used computer simulations to test scenarios of a person coughing. The study's authors urged people to keep wearing masks in indoor spaces such as offices and shops. When a person with COVID-19 coughs without a mask, they could spew...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, Trends, Mit, Healthcare, Cambridge, University of Bristol, Mask, Cambridge University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Cough, Patrick Pleul, Coronavirus


The 5 most common booster shot side effects, according to 11,290 people in the US who've gotten boosted

71-year-old Frank Mallone receives a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot at the Safeway on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on October 4, 2021.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Booster shots are now being offered to all adults in the US. Side effects of third COVID-19 shots tend to be milder than the second, according to early CDC data. Fatigue, fever, and headaches are still common for a day or two after a booster.  Booster shots are now available to every adult vaccinated against COVID...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Public Health, Washington Dc, National Institutes of Health, Capitol Hill, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Safeway, Johnson Johnson, Fauci, Moderna


The 5 most common booster-shot side effects, according to 11,290 people in the US who've gotten boosters

Frank Mallone, 71, received a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot at the Safeway on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 4.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images Booster shots are now being offered to all adults in the US. Side effects of third COVID-19 shots tend to be milder than the second, early CDC data showed. Fatigue, fever, and headaches are still common for a day or two after a booster. Booster shots are now available to every adult vaccinated against COVID-19 in the US — at ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Public Health, Washington Dc, National Institutes of Health, Capitol Hill, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Safeway, Johnson Johnson, Fauci, Moderna


Fauci says you don't need to wear a mask for family gatherings this Thanksgiving – but only if everyone is fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Dr. Fauci said he doesn't plan to wear a mask during his family's Thanksgiving celebrations.Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images, filadendron/Getty Images You don't need a mask at Thanksgiving if your family is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Dr. Fauci said. He advised wearing a mask if you don't know the vaccination status of others, per CNN. "Get vaccinated and you can enjoy the holidays very easily. And if you're not, please be careful," he said. Americans don't need to...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, Pfizer, Biden, Mask, Anthony Fauci, Johnson Johnson, Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention People, Moderna, Al Drago


COVID-19 increases the risk of stillbirth for pregnant women — 65% of whom still aren't vaccinated

A pregnant woman wears a mask while waiting in line at a food pantry in Waltham, Massachusetts, on May 7, 2020.Charles Krupa/AP Photo COVID-19 increases the risk of stillbirth among pregnant women, a new CDC report found. Around 1.3% of babies born to women with COVID-19 were stillborn from March 2020 to September 2021. As of this month, 65% of US pregnant women aren't fully vaccinated. The data has been clear for some time: Pregnant women are at increased risk of developing severe COVID-...
Tags: Science, News, Mississippi, Cdc, Pregnancy, US, Trends, Delta, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Waltham Massachusetts, Charles Krupa, Stillbirth, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


CDC approves boosters for all vaccinated adults — and says it should be a priority for over-50s

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, received her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The CDC just endorsed booster shots for all adults. The agency approved an expert committee's verdict, that people under 50 may get boosted, but those over 50 really should.  This allows many fully vaccinated people in the US to get boosted before the holidays. Booster shots will become available to all vaccinated adults...
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CDC advisors endorse boosters for all vaccinated adults — and say it should be a priority for over-50s

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, received her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images An expert committee advising the CDC just endorsed booster shots for all adults. The committee said people under 50 may get boosted, but those over 50 really should.  If the CDC director agrees, this would allow many fully vaccinated people in the US to get boosted before the holidays. Booster shots are likely going to becom...
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A second American has come down with monkeypox, a rare virus that causes pus-filled boils

Pox viruses are oval shaped, and they're typically characterized by bumpy lesions and flulike symptoms.Roger Harris/Science Photo Library via Getty Images A US resident got monkeypox after returning from Nigeria to Maryland. A similar but separate case was reported in Dallas in July. Monkeypox is rare but can be deadly, so the CDC has urged vigilance around pox-like lesions. There is a second case of monkeypox in the US after a traveler returned from visiting Nigeria, the Centers for Dise...
Tags: UK, Science, Maryland, Cdc, Nigeria, Africa, US, Trends, West Africa, Dallas, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Tropical Diseases, Smallpox, Roger Harris, Andrea Michelson, Getty Images A US


Dr. Fauci says 'a booster isn't a luxury' — think of it as the final step in your COVID-19 vaccine regimen

Dr. Richard Schwartz celebrates after receiving his COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine booster on October 6, 2021.Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Dr. Fauci predicts that Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may, one day, be considered three shot vaccinations.  That's because the immune system learns better when shots are spaced several months apart. It's possible that "we're not going to see an absolute need to reboost every several months" after that, he said.  Dr. Fauc...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Public Health, Pfizer, Fauci, James Hildreth, Moderna, Richard Schwartz, Meharry Medical College, Hilary Brueck, Helen Branswell, Coronavirus, Covid-19 Vaccine


Dr. Fauci: Stop 'overthinking' boosters — giving every adult an extra shot will keep people out of hospital

Dr. Anthony Fauci directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Alex Wong/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci wants essentially all vaccinated adults to know that "they can go ahead" and get boosted after 6 months. Fauci says there's "confusion out there" about who should get boosted. "Make it really simple."  "The effect of boost is very, very favorable to preventing people from getting infected," Fauci said. Other experts express caution about over-vaccinating young adult...
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New York City and 3 states offer COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, bypassing CDC guidance

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.Radek Mica/Getty Images California, Colorado, New Mexico, and New York City are telling healthcare providers to offer COVID-19 boosters to all adults. The guidance bypasses the CDC's current restrictions on booster shots. Public-health experts remain divided on whether boosters are necessary for everyone. Any adult who wants a COVID-19 booster shot at least six months after they're fully vaccinated can get one in three states, plus New York Cit...
Tags: Europe, Post, Science, News, Colorado, California, Washington Post, Cdc, New York City, Israel, US, Trends, Public Health, Delta, Philadelphia, Pfizer


Republicans are now 20 percentage-points more likely to reject flu shots than they were pre-pandemic

A man walks past a free flu shot advertisement outside of a drugstore in New York on August 19, 2020. Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images Recent polls show a 25 percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats who've gotten or will get a flu shot. This is remarkably similar to the approximately 30 percentage-point partisan gap on COVID-19 vaccine uptake. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little to no partisan gap on influenza vaccine uptake. Recent polls show Republicans are...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Poll, Vaccine, Donald Trump, Flu Shot, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, UC San Diego, AP NORC


The gap between Republicans and Democrats on flu shots is 20 percentage-points bigger than it was pre-pandemic

A man walks past a free flu shot advertisement outside of a drugstore in New York on August 19, 2020.Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images Recent polls show a 25 percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats who've gotten or will get a flu shot. This is remarkably similar to the approximately 30 percentage-point partisan gap on COVID-19 vaccine uptake. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little to no partisan gap on influenza vaccine uptake.  Recent polls show Republicans are now...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Poll, Vaccine, Donald Trump, Flu Shot, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, UC San Diego, AP NORC


2 states offer COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, bypassing CDC guidance

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. Radek Mica/Getty Images California and Colorado are telling healthcare providers to offer COVID-19 boosters to all adults. The guidance bypasses the CDC's current restrictions on booster shots. Public-health experts remain divided on whether boosters are necessary for everyone. California's public health department took COVID-19 booster shot recommendations into its own hands Thursday when it directed healthcare providers to give boosters t...
Tags: Europe, Post, Science, News, Colorado, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Israel, Trends, Public Health, Delta, World Health Organization, Philadelphia, Pfizer, Biden


A Virginia pharmacy gave 112 young kids shots of a COVID-19 vaccine formulation designed for older children and adults, officials say

A child receives a dose of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine at an event launching school vaccinations in Los Angeles, California on November 5. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images A pharmacy in Virginia gave COVID-19 vaccine formulations intended for over-12s to 112 kids aged 5 to 11, CNBC reports. County officials said the kids may have received a lower dose of vaccine than recommended. The pharmacy is no longer part of the state's vaccine program, officials said. A pharmacy in Virginia g...
Tags: Health, Post, Science, Kids, News, Cdc, Virginia, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, The Washington Post, Cnbc, Los Angeles California, WTOP, Centers for Disease Control CDC


The US had a Lyme disease vaccine decades ago - but the CDC, lawsuits, and conspiracy theories derailed it

Black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, can transmit Lyme disease. Photon Illustration/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images Since 1998, confirmed Lyme disease cases in the US have risen roughly 40%. GlaxoSmithKline developed a Lyme vaccine in the 1990s. It went off the market by the early 2000s. A new anti-Lyme injection (not a vaccine) is coming. But it could take years to be fully approved. Lyme disease, transmitted by deer ticks and characterized by a hallmark bullseye rash, is an ever-p...
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An immunocompromised man had 4 shots of COVID-19 vaccine but still appears to have poor immunity

A file photo shows a woman getting a COVID-19 booster shot in Florida on October 5, 2021. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky An Ohio man registered "no antibodies whatsoever" after four COVID-19 shots, per CNN. Andrew Linder, who is immunocompromised, is isolating and limiting contact with people. The antibody test he took has some limitations as a proxy for immunity. An immunocompromised man had an antibody test came back negative even after receiving four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, CNN reported T...
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One chart shows the most common side effects for kids after each dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

James Marshall, 5, pulls down his sleeve after getting the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Cranston, Rhode Island, on November 4. AP Photo/David Goldman The CDC signed off on COVID-19 shots for kids ages 5 to 11 last week. Kids can generally expect fewer, milder side effects than teens or adults. The chart below shows the most common side effects for kids after each dose. At long last, kids are starting to filter into pharmacies and clinics for COVID-19 shots.The Food and Drug Administration au...
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Kansas' Democratic governor said it was 'too late' for Biden to issue a vaccine mandate, siding with Republicans against it

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly joined Republicans in opposition of the president's vaccination mandate. John Hanna/AP The Democratic governor of Kansas issued a statement opposing President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses. Gov. Laura Kelly joined Republicans in opposition of the mandate, saying it's "too late to impose a federal standard" after states have "been leading the fight against COVID-19." Biden's vaccine mandate requires businesses with over 100 employees to m...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Kansas, Louisiana, Biden, Kelly, Fifth Circuit, US Court of Appeals, Laura Kelly, OSHA


Sherri Tenpenny, leading 'disinformation dozen' anti-vaxxer, described having COVID-19 symptoms and getting on planes

Dr Sherri Tenpenny on Instagram Live on October 7, 2021. Instagram/Dr Sherri Tenpenny Dr Sherri Tenpenny, a well-known anti-vaxxer, said she's been traveling with COVID-19 symptoms. She described symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as fatigue and trouble breathing. Tenpenny did not respond to Insider's requests for clarifications about whether she was diagnosed. One of the leading proponents of COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories described traveling, and seemingly b...
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2 children in Texas were given adult COVID-19 vaccines 3 times stronger than what they should have been given, one of their parents said

A COVID-19 vaccine. Reuters Two Texas children got adult COVID-19 vaccine doses, which is three times stronger, a parent said. The shots were given before CDC approved vaccines for kids that age. The FDA had given its approval. The local health department said two kids got doses "in error" and that officials are investigating. Health officials told the parents of two children in Texas that the kids were given adult doses of the coronavirus vaccine, one of the parents said.Julian Gonzalez, ...
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Millions of Americans with mood disorders are eligible for booster shots. Here's how depression raises the risk of severe COVID-19.

Nurse Alix Zacharski, left, receives a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot from Douglas Houghton at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2021. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky People with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression are eligible for booster shots. Having a mood disorder is linked to increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness and death. Experts pushed to include mood disorders on the CDC's list of conditions that put people at risk for severe COVID-19. Peopl...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Erin Schumaker, McIntyre, Miami Florida, Houston Texas, JAMA Psychiatry, Crohn, National Institute of Mental Health, United Memorial Medical Center


One chart shows how well Pfizer's lower-dose vaccine works to protect kids aged 5-11 from COVID

A 6 year old child receives Pfizer's low-dose COVID-19 Vaccine in Hartford, Connecticut on November 2, 2021. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images Pfizer's low-dose vaccine for kids 5-11 is now both authorized and recommended for use in the US. Pharmacies and doctor's offices nationwide should start carrying shots for kids in the coming days. A chart presented to CDC advisors shows how well Pfizer's vaccine prevents symptomatic COVID-19 in this age group. Pfizer's low-d...
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Smaller needle, lower dose, fewer side effects, same benefit: What to know about the newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine for kids

A boy receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Clalit Healthcare Services in the Israeli city of Holon near Tel Aviv on June 21. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images With CDC green light, kids ages 5 to 11 are eligible for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Children will get 10-microgram shots - one-third of the dose given to adults and teens. Pediatricians will be heavily involved in giving the vaccines to kids. Five- to 11-year-olds are now eligible for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, ...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, White House, Tel Aviv, Trends, New Jersey, Healthcare, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Afp, Erin Schumaker


A judge slapped down Oath Keepers accused of joining the Capitol riot for citing anti-vaxx conspiracy theories in their legal filings

Surveillance footage of the Capitol riots showing Kenneth Harrelson (left, circled) and Kelly Meggs (right, arrow), according to the DOJ. DOJ Men awaiting trial over the Capitol riot cited anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories in a court filing. They said they were being pressured to get vaccinated in jail and argued for their release. The judge slammed them for pushing "fringe views" and denied their request. A judge shut down Two Oath Keepers awaiting trial over the Capitol riot in their attem...
Tags: Politics, Science, Crime, Cdc, US, Trends, News UK, Capitol, Johns Hopkins University, Harrelson, Geyer, Anti-vaxxers, Meggs, January 6, DOJ DOJ, Mia Jankowicz


Parents are mixing human milk into their kids' cereals in hopes of giving them COVID-19 antibodies, report says

Cavan Images/Getty Images Some parents are breastfeeding their toddlers in hopes of protecting them from COVID-19. Parents who breastfeed for two years or more have been found to have higher antibody levels in their milk. However, it has yet to be seen if any immunity could be provided via nursing. Some California parents have decided to continue nursing longer than officially recommended in hopes of passing COVID-19 antibodies onto their kids via breast milk, the Los Angeles Times report...
Tags: Science, Parenting, California, Cdc, US, Trends, Breastfeeding, Evans, Vaccine, Times, Antibodies, Los Angeles Times, Gonzalez, Cavan, Marissa Evans, Coronavirus


CDC advisors green-light Pfizer's lower-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 5-11

COVID-19 vaccines cards at the Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bern Township, Pennsylvania on January 29, 2021. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images An expert panel to the CDC voted Tuesday to offer a low-dose version of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11 in the US. The vaccine is the same product that adults and teens receive, but a smaller size. Doctors and nurses at the meeting stressed kids shouldn't die from vaccine-preventable diseases...
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